POD213 Clinical Podiatric Practice (8)

This subject further develops skills and knowledge in the context of preliminary podiatric clinical practice, with a focus on cutaneous pathology from a holistic perspective. Students will undertake the assessment  and management of clients with cutaneous pathology, in negotiation with clinical educators. Learning will be facilitated through participation in clinical sessions and tutorials and students will also develop knowledge and skills in practice management including reception duties, stock control and instrument sterilisation. Students will have the opportunity to experience private podiatric practice, through an external workplace learning experience.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD213. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine and Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (honours) students only



Incompatible Subjects

POD201, POD211

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate competency in performing routine skin and nail care;
  • be able to efficiently and accurately take a patient history, and complete relevant documentation;
  • be able to describe the aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation and critically discuss the management of tinea pedis, verrucae pedis, hyperhydrosis, bromodrosis and pitted keratolysis;
  • be able to conduct a clinical assessment, interpret the local and systemic findings relating to cutaneous pathology and the client, and appropriately report the findings both verbally and in written documentation;
  • be able to develop and review a management plan for a patient with a cutaneous pathology;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to identify changes in a client's health status and appropriately report these to a clinical educator;
  • be able to accurately perform and interpret neurological and vascular assessments;
  • be able to develop communication skills when providing a holistic presentation of a client's assessment and management plan, to a clinical educator;
  • be able to identify and demonstrate safe working practices, with due consideration of the practitioner, clients and other personnel;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently within a limited scope of practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Students will manage low risk clients, working under supervision in the on-campus clinic. Clinical tutorials will develop skills and knowledge in client management, including an advanced knowledge in the presentation and management of commonly encountered cutaneous pathologies. This will build on previous knowledge and skills gained in the course. Students will be expected to demonstrate and use this knowledge and skills in each subsequent clinical subject.
  • Clinic management including: appointment scheduling and reception duties; medical information management; financial management and record keeping; infection control procedures and instrument sterilisation; appropriate use and maintenance of podiatric equipment; patient communication and interaction
  • Clinical consumables
  • Aetiology, pathology, clinical presentation and comprehensive management of tinea pedis, verruca pedis, hyperhydrosis, bromodrosis and pitted keratolysis
  • Principles of case management and clinical problem solving
  • Professional communication and professional behaviour
  • Footwear assessment and prescription; footwear modification with respect to cutaneous pathologies and digital deformities
  • Prescription and construction of chairside devices e.g. silicone devices; simple insoles
  • Preliminary therapeutic strategies including topical medicaments, physical therapies e.g. cryotherapy, paddings and dressings

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 11 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students are required to undertake workplace learning in the on-campus clinic for half a day/week for 12 weeks and also to undertake workplace learning at an external private podiatric practice for 35 hours.

Special Resources

Students will be required to undertake 35 hours of workplace learning at an external private practice. Travel, accommodation and any other costs involved with this placement will be borne by the student.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.